ELMIRA, N.Y. (WETM) – There was a heavy police presence on Elmira’s southside Friday afternoon, with at least one person taken away in an ambulance and one other taken out in handcuffs.

The police activity was first reported around 3:00 p.m. on May 19, 2023 in the 200 block of West Chemung Place. According to a reporter on the scene, at least one person was taken away in an ambulance and another person was seen sitting on the porch covered in blood.

Police arrested 44-year-old Michael Burchard, of Elmira. Burchard was charged with Attempted Murder in the Second Degree, a class B Felony.

According to EPD, upon arrival two victims were on the front porch of the residence with multiple wounds. After learning the suspect was still in the residence, police entered and located the suspect in the rear bedroom, still armed with a knife.

Around 3:50 p.m., police appeared to have arrested someone, walking him out of the house in handcuffs. The suspect was taken into custody without incident.

At least nine Elmira Police vehicles had blocked off the road, as well as investigators, and police set up a perimeter around the building. One officer was seen entering the house with a shield.

Both victims were transported to area hospitals and are expected to recover.

Buchard was released and is awaiting arraignment in Elmira City Court.

If anyone has any information, you’re asked to contact the Elmira Police Department at (607)737-5626, or the tip line at (607)271-HALT.